Category: US Election (2004)

Reflections on the Kerry Campaign in the City of Brotherly Love

Reflections on the Kerry Campaign in the City of Brotherly Love

by Benjamin Dangl 11/10/04 Early morning on Election Day in Philadelphia crowds of Kerry supporters waved signs at every intersection in the city’s center. People leaned out of their car windows yelling, clapping, honking horns, and giving the sign-wavers thumbs up. At polling places, lines already stretched down the sidewalks. It seemed like a revolution…

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Voter Suppression Becomes Biggest Election ‘Issue’

Voter Suppression Becomes Biggest Election ‘Issue’

by Benjamin Dangl and Brendan Coyne 10/31/04 The NewStandard With polls showing President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry in a statistical dead heat just days before the election and groups from across — and outside — the political spectrum watching so-called “battleground states” anxiously, each development in the complex story of alleged voter…

Swinging the Vote, One Door at a Time

Swinging the Vote, One Door at a Time

by Benjamin Dangl 10/18/04 Upside Down World Each afternoon, just outside Philadelphia, Penn, dozens of America Coming Together canvassers in matching blue T-shirts spill out of minivans into the hot, suburban sun. Armed with anti-Bush pamphlets, voter registration cards and Palm Pilots with the names of undecided voters, they scour the neighborhood trying to swing…

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Legal Status of 527 Groups Provokes Debate

Legal Status of 527 Groups Provokes Debate

By Benjamin Dangl 9/30/04 The NewStandard In many ways, this election year has served as the testing ground for a newly popular political phenomenon: so-called 527 committees. Named after the tax code they fall under, “527s” operate as shadow political campaigns working indirectly for or against a particular candidate. They coordinate voter outreach and education,…

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An Interview with Leslie Cagan

An Interview with Leslie Cagan

Conducted by Benjamin Dangl and Andrew Kennis 9/20/04 Upside Down World Leslie Cagan is the national coordinator of the anti-war coalition United For Peace and Justice, (www.UnitedForPeace.org) which has been one of the main organizers of anti-war rallies since before the Iraq war began. We spoke with her on August 30th, the day after the…

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Arrestees, Lawyers, Medics Condemn Conditions of RNC Protest Detention

Arrestees, Lawyers, Medics Condemn Conditions of RNC Protest Detention

by Benjamin Dangl 9/3/04 The NewStandard Over the past week, police have arrested around 1,900 people in events related to demonstrations and direct actions against the Republican National Convention. The vast majority of those arrests were made during indiscriminate sweeps that literally netted protesters and bystanders alike. Authorities have reportedly held the majority of the…

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Anti-RNC Demos Continue, Addressing Labor Issues, War, Media

Anti-RNC Demos Continue, Addressing Labor Issues, War, Media

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis 9/1/04 The NewStandard Though it has been almost a week since demonstrations against the RNC began in New York City, the protests show no sign of abating. Among the many rallies held today were demonstrations by organized labor, an event put on by the National Organization for Women,…

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Civil Disobedience Turns to Rebellion in Face of Police Repression

Civil Disobedience Turns to Rebellion in Face of Police Repression

by Benjamin Dangl, Amanda Luker, Andrew Kennis and Brendan Coyne 8/31/04 The NewStandard Thousands participated in organized civil disobedience and spontaneous protests in still another day of demonstrations surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City. Today’s actions, loosely coordinated and spread throughout Manhattan, were met by a massive and intolerant police force. Police…

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